Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre
Centre for the performing and visual arts in Anglesey, North Wales

Diary — Drama

Drama at the Ucheldre Centre includes plays performed by touring companies, workshops, one-person shows, and local community drama. These most often take place in the main hall, but there is also an outdoor amphitheatre beside the Centre.

Drama RSC Live: Hamlet
Wednesday 8 June 7pm

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.

Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.

Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy.  As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.              

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3 hrs 15 incl 20 min interval
             £10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Drama NT Live Encore:
The Audience 

Thursday 9 June 7pm
The Audience       (12A)

Winner of three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, National Theatre Live’s smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience - featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II - returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday.

Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award -nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), these special encore screenings include an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and director Stephen Daldry.

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience.  No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal.  Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

The Audience was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

3 hrs  with one interval
             £10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 

A Spoonful of Musical Theatre

Sunday 12 June 6pm
A Spoonful of Musical Theatre

A PROPS Theatre School production

2 hrs  30
  £4, £5 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Literary Coleridge in Wales
Festival Day

Tuesday 28 June 10am -7.30pm

Coleridge in Wales Festival Day

We are delighted to be taking part in the Wales wide celebration of Coleridge.  He had a remarkable range of interests, reflected in his decision to walk through Wales discovering its landscape and people.

This diversity is reflected in our celebratory programme from walks to talks.

10am ‘Coleridge nature-writing walk’ with Will Stewart (£5/4 concessions)

2-4pm 'Rhwng: the Point Between' workshop: ‘Imagination’s fire: Coleridge’s “secret ministry”’ – led by Fiona Owen (£5/4 concessions)

7.30pm Coleridge Evening (£7/£6/£3)

David Crystal reading ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’

Sea Songs with Fiona and Gorwel Owen 

David Crystal and Richard Parry, founder of the festival, on Coleridge and Shakespeare, with Q&As from the audience.

If you plan to come along to all three events, there is a season ticket available: £14/£12 concessions. (Please book early!)

The Ucheldre event is part of an all-Wales Coleridge festival. Please see the website here for the exciting details.

10 yb  ‘Coleridge nature-writing walk’ gyda Will Stewart (£5/4 consesiwn)

2-4 yh Gweithdy 'Rhwng: the Point Between': ‘Imagination’s fire: Coleridge’s “secret ministry”’ gyda Fiona Owen  (£5/4 consesiwn)

7.30yh Noson Coleridge (£7/£6/£3)

David Crystal yn darllen ‘The Ancient Mariner’

Caneuon y Môr gyda Fiona a Gorwel Owen 

David Crystal a Richard Parry, sylfaenydd yr ŵyl, yn trafod Coleridge a Shakespeare, gyda chyfle am gwestiynau o’r gynulleidfa.

Mae tocyn tymor ar gael os ydych yn bwriadu dod i’r tri digwyddiad: £14/£12 consesiwn. (Archebwch yn fuan os gwelwch yn dda!)

Mae digwyddiad Ucheldre yn rhan o ŵyl Coleridge Cymru gyfan. Gweler y wefan ar gyfer manylion cyffrous.    

10 hrs
     Season ticket £14, £12 concessions/gostyngiadauOr see individual prices above
Drama Kenneth Branagh Theatre Live:
Romeo and Juliet
Thursday 7 July7.15pm
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love live from the Garrick Theatre in London.  Kenneth Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy.  

 A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. 

Kenneth Branagh co-directs with Rob Ashford, reuniting with the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Richard Madden and Lily James, as Romeo and Juliet.  Also featuring Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse.

2hrs 45 incl interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

Drama Anvil:
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 16 July 7.30pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Anvil returns with everyone’s favourite play by William Shakespeare in his 400th anniversary year.

'A dream, dreamed on a midsummer night.'

In this country daylight lasts for 17 or 18 hours at midsummer.  It's a time when the birds and the bees, every plant and every creature lives life to the full in the open air.  It's the time to play, the time to dream and the time to love before the days shorten and grow cooler and life goes back indoors and is governed by a man made routine and artificial light - and life grows darker.

Join Anvil Productions as they bring Shakespeare's play to life in the open air at midsummer in Ucheldre’s amphitheatre.

Enjoy the frolics, farce and foolishness and escape from the routine, the regular, the rat race, but come warmly dressed for the outside even though the amphitheatre is sheltered!

3hrs with interval
*£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

Drama  Almeida Live: Richard III

Thursday 21 July 6.45pm
 Almeida Live: Richard III      (15)

The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.

War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard – vicious in war, despised in peacetime – awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown.  

Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict.  Olivier-winning director Rupert Goold’s (Macbeth, King Charles III) searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.

Cast includes: David Annen, Joseph Arkley, Tom Canton, Daniel Cerquiera, Simon Coates, Susan Engel, Ralph Fiennes, James Garnon, Mark Hadfield, Scott Handy, Finbar Lynch, Aislín McGuckin, Joseph Mydell, Vanessa Redgrave, Joshua Riley, and Joanna Vanderham.

3 hrs 30 (TBC)
               £10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Literary Open Mic Poetry Evening
Friday 22 July7.30pm
Open Mic Poetry Evening

An opportunity  to read your own, or other people’s, work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. 

To be held in the Ucheldre Centre Café, where food and drink can be purchased.

Led by Karen Ankers and Trevor Stockwell.

£3 to listen £2 if you want to read
Drama Shakespeare Weekend
Satruday 6 - Sunday 7 August
Shakespeare and Theatre

Anvil Productions host two days of workshops for age 16 and over.

Further information to follow.

Community Acting Workshop
Sunday 14 August9-4pm
Acting Workshop

An Anvil Productions one day acting workshop for ages 16 and over.

More information to follow

Drama Summer Performance Workshop
Monday 15 - Friday 19 August
Summer Workshops

Workshops for children aged 7 and over preparing for a show to be staged on Saturday 20 August.

Props gives young people the opportunity to experience the excitement, creativity and enjoyment found through drama and the opportunity to make lasting friendships with others. 

Props is open to anyone with an interest in drama, acting and the theatre.

Students can access as much as they want to from all that PROPS has to offer

Further information to follow

10 - 4pm daily
Drama Anvil Children's Show:
August Allsorts
Saturday 20 August7.30pm
August Allsorts

A production by PROPS Theatre at the culmination of their weeklong workshops here at the Ucheldre Centre.

£7, £6 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Drama RSC Live: Cymbeline

Wednesday 28 September 7pm

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain.  When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him.  But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both.

Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.

Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.


3 hrs 30
             £10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Drama RSC Live: King Lear

Wednesday 12 October 7pm
King Lear

King Lear has ruled for many years.  As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.

Misjudging his children’s loyalty and finding himself alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.

Antony Sher returns to the RSC to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays.

3 hrs 30
             £10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Concert hall
Outdoor sculpture